The Fugitive (1947) – Retro Movie Reviews by Michael E *1/2

Written By Michael Eisenberg
Published: Sunday, July 28th, 2013


The Fugitive: A priest is on the run when authorities denounce Christianity.
Review by Michael E.

The Fugitive (1947)- Michael E’s Rating: *1/2
(see rating system below)

Run Time: 104 minutes
Rated: None
Director: John Ford

I am a fan of John Ford movies. From the countless movies he directed starring John Wayne, Ford has proven to be a master of his craft. His eye for detail and shadowing puts him in another realm. His films are a wonder to watch and the cinematography is a sight to see. I was looking forward to watching this movie, but came away disappointed.
From Tom Joad in the wonderful movie, “The Grapes of Wrath,” to Gil Carter in “The Ox-Bow Incident,” and as Juror #8 in “12 Angry Men,” Henry Fonda is a multi-versatile actor. He’s a very expressive individual with an uncanny ability to tell a story with his eyes. This movie was no different. Fonda plays a former priest, now a fugitive on the run in a small fictional town in Central America. The authorities are denouncing Christianity and want anyone associated with it dead.

Quick rant: Fonda does stand out in this disappointing movie. His acting was top-notch, and, up until a few years ago, I was never a fan. His performances over the years grew on me, and now I look forward to watching any film this man is in. The story was original, but I became detached and lost interest. I found it boring and yearned for more. It seemed like everyone was all over the place at one time. I couldn’t tell what was going on from one moment to the next, and this exhausted me. Not a good film, John Ford has done much better. Stay tuned!

Michael’s rating system:
1/2 Terrible movie (Bomb)
Not a good movie, just missed being a bomb
*1/2 Bad movie
**Boring movie
***Good, solid movie
***1/2 Great movie, just missed being a classic
**** Classic movie

Movie Reviews by Michael E is a column on Actors Reporter, a channel on the Actors Podcast Network, a Pepper Jay Production

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